Moose Exchange events keep right on happening

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 02/18 2014 11:25PM

Updated 02/18 2014 11:27PM

On Thursday the 20th, come to the fifth annual ArtWalk-In, this year at the Caldwell Consistory, just up from the fountain. Downtown Bloomsburg hosts this event, 4-9 p.m., which brings together over 40 local and regional artists working in photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, and other media.  Meet the artists during the evening to talk about how they make their works and the ideas behind them.
Alongside the ArtWalk-In, you can enjoy a benefit dinner and concert to raise money for the tenants of the Moose Exchange who lost so much in the fire on January 30th.
In the back room of the Caldwell at the same time as the Art Walk-In in the front room, Kreekside 2's Rod Kile will serve a BBQ dinner, $10 per adult and $5 per child, under 2 free. The benefit features live music 6-10 p.m.; for anybody who just wants to come for music, $5 admission. The music schedule:
4-4:45 – Emily Inman
5-5:45 – Darren Inman
6-6:45 – MIME TRIBES
7-7:45 – The Mighty Susquehannas
8-8:45 – The Clove Collective
9-10:00- 3rd Street

The benefit also features a silent auction; if any local business owners or artists would like to donate an item, please contact Lisa Zubowicz Leighton at
All proceeds from the dinner and music admission costs will be shared among the tenants of the Moose Exchange.
Please help spread the word about this event!

On Wednesday the 19th, Exchange founding board member Sue O’Donnell presents her Collective Memory project about the building now known as the Moose Exchange. Featuring vintage photographs and community members’ words, the project resulted in a paperback book, available from Sue. Free and open to the public, the lecture starts at 4:30 in Room 004 of the Warren Student Service Center on the B.U. campus; find it on a campus map here.


The list of those who responded to the alarms on the 30th of January includes fire and ambulance companies from throughout Columbia and Montour Counties; their courage and devotion humbles us. THANK YOU to every firefighter, fire police officer, and ambulance crew member.
Bloomsburg Fire Department, Berwick Fire Department, Espy Fire Department, Buckhorn Fire Department, Montour Township Fire Department, Lightstreet Fire Department, Mifflinville Fire Department, Orangeville Fire Department, Catawissa Fire Department, Millville Fire Department, Mahoning Twp. (East End) Fire Department (Montour County), Bloomsburg Ambulance, Greater Columbia Ambulance, Danville Ambulance
Photo by Gary F. Clark

Have you marked  your calendars?  For thirty hours on March 12th and 13th, the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), along with the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will host Raise the Region 2014.  This intense fundraising event will help many non-profit organizations in our area, including the Moose Exchange, raise money -- in our case, for rebuillding!  The Partnership has a service area covering the counties of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union.    As “seed money” for the event, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have donated $125,000 to be used to match on-line contributions.  Other businesses will sponsor additional prizes and incentives for non-profits.

    During the 30 hours of the event, from 6:00 p.m. on the 12th until 11:59 p.m. on the 13th, point your Web browser to and select us, the Moose Exchange.  Your donation to the Exchange will get matched by a portion of the Alexander Family donation, and your donation can raise additional support by qualifying the Exchange for prizes: These include fixed sums for the organization that attracts the most donations in a given hour and which has the most separate donations over the course of the day, among others.

Two funds have been established for the Moose Exchange at First Columbia Bank & Trust, one for tenants and one for Moose Exchange rebuilding efforts.  You can donate to either by visiting any First Columbia branch and mentioning the fund(s).
Donations may also be made through the Donate button on the front page of our Web site, and you may send checks made payable to the Moose Exchange to our permanent address, 203 West Main St., Bloomsburg 17815.
For more information and updates about rebuilding efforts and needs, visit the Web site and our Facebook page.

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